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Big heat for the Blues and real disappointment against Hungary

2021-06-23T22:53:52.818Z

Jostled throughout the meeting, the world champions could not do better than a draw against Hungary (1-1) at the Euro. Nothing is decided for qualification in the round of 16.



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A hell of a call to order. Which testifies, if some doubted it, that the course of the France team to be at the height of its glorious elders of 1998-2000 will be strewn with pitfalls. In all kinds. As for example being hooked by a Hungary supported, carried and glorified by more than 55,000 spectators on Saturday in fusion at the Puskas Arena (1-1). Moving as rarely for years, the world champions have made a poor appearance in the Hungarian city, saved in the second period by their game leader, Antoine Griezmann, faithful to the position when it is necessary to take responsibility. After the strong success in Munich on Tuesday (1-0), this France team will have to do much more in front of Portugal on Wednesday to extricate itself from this group F and see the rest of the competition with still as manyambition and confidence.

Hugo Lloris didn't have a lot of work to do in front of his goals.

FRANCK FIFE / AFP

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Yet warned for several days, the Blues quickly became aware of local intentions. In a colorful fight, with fierce duels on each ball and a molten Puskas Arena in suffocating heat. For a real football game. And especially not a surprise for Didier Deschamps and his men, who expected such a reception of 55,998 spectators (including 5,700 French) on the banks of the Danube. But between expecting it and facing it, there is sometimes a gap that we could glimpse from the top of the stands. During the whole meeting, of a sometimes questionable technical level, the Magyars were on a par with world champions who had never entered their match for some like Benzema, Rabiot, Pogba or even Varane and Pavard, in great difficulty. Saturday afternoon.That's a lot in a team of eleven players… A sign of collective excitement, the French right-back also collected the first yellow card of the game for yet another fault in his half of the field (10th). The first sign of a shipwreck that will last more than ninety minutes for the Bavarian. Opposite, the Hungarians of the Val d'Oisien Loïc Négo played with their values. And all the ingredients for Petit Poucet. Resentment, devotion and sense of sacrifice, carried by an audience on fire before, during and after the meeting.a shipwreck that will last more than ninety minutes for the Bavarian. Opposite, the Hungarians of the Val d'Oisien Loïc Négo played with their values. And all the ingredients for Petit Poucet. Resentment, devotion and sense of sacrifice, carried by an audience on fire before, during and after the meeting.a shipwreck that will last more than ninety minutes for the Bavarian. Opposite, the Hungarians of the Val d'Oisien Loïc Négo played with their values. And all the ingredients for Petit Poucet. Resentment, devotion and sense of sacrifice, carried by an audience on fire before, during and after the meeting.

Karim Benzema little inspired in the Puskas Arena LASZLO BALOGH / AFP

Throughout the match, without Lloris being solicited in abundance, the France team did not show serenity and confidence, as was the case on Tuesday in Munich during the solid success against the Germans (1-0) . On his bench, "DD" reassured, replaced and harangued his somewhat effaced troops. In the first period, in the Hungarian turmoil, the Blues should have folded the case if Mbappé (17th, 33rd), Benzema (14th, 31st) had experienced more success against goal. And as always in these cases, you know the film by heart, even when you are world champions and you cross the 37th Fifa nation, the punishment arrives. Implacable. To remind you of the high level requirement. Or the roughly has no place. After two errors of appreciation by Varane and Pavard,Fiola deceived Lloris to blow up the Puskas Arena (1-0, 45 + 2). A timeless moment, which reminded us how life at the stadium is unmatched with so much fervor and warmth.

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The result was hardly more encouraging for Paul Pogba's partners in the second half.

It was not until the entry of Dembélé (57th) to see the first French reaction with a shot on the post of the Barcelona (59th).

Before Griezmann, alone at the penalty spot, equalizes (1-1.66th) after a great breakthrough from Mbappé, altruistic on this one.

One would have thought the Blues had definitely launched, facing the Hungarians in the hard physically but still pushed by a formidable twelfth man and who allowed them to find unsuspected resources when the building began to pitch.

Pogba, sparkling against Germany but extinct against Hungary.

TIBOR ILLYES / AFP

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Despite the (late) entries of Giroud and Tolisso (75th), instead of Benzema and Rabiot, missed their meeting, nothing changed. Or so little. Not much to eat apart from a strike from Mbappé well repulsed by Gulacsi (82nd). The show was elsewhere. In stands. For an unforgettable moment. Out of time. In an incandescent volcano and under a real dodger, the French left the Puskas Arena with their heads bowed, while the Hungarians offered themselves a sequence of ecstasy through total communion with their supporters. The Blues are warned, nothing will be offered to them on a plate. We will have to do more and better to dream of the Grail. Wednesday against Portugal, the qualification for the round of 16 will be at stake. It is up to them to avoid a new call to order which could, this time,have significant repercussions.

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Source: lefigaro

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